Saturday, August 26, 2006

Box Sets For The Doors & Robert Plant

Rhino Boxes Up The Doors, Robert Plant

Rhino is devoting massive new boxed sets to the careers of the Doors and Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, both of which will arrive in time for the holiday season.

First up on Nov. 14 is the Plant box, "Nine Lives," which includes all nine of his post-Zeppelin solo discs as well as a DVD. Each album has been expanded with bonus tracks, beginning with 1982's "Pictures at Eleven," which includes the non-album cut "Far Post" and a 1983 live version of "Like I've Never Been Gone."

Three live tracks, including a cover of Bob Marley's "Lively Up Yourself," plus the previously unreleased studio cut "Turnaround," are found on 1983's "The Principle of Moments." Two rarities and the B-side "Oompa (Watery Bint)" enrich 1990's "Manic Nirvana," while five non-album tracks and demos will be found on 1993's "Fate of Nations."

Plant's Universal debut, 2002's mostly covers "Dreamland," includes the international-only track "Dirt in a Hole," while last year's "Mighty Rearranger" sports two non-album tracks plus remixes of "Tin Pan Alley" and "The Enchanter." The DVD rounds up 20 music videos as well as a comprehensive interview with Plant, testimonials from artists and admirers and a performance of "Song to the Siren" from a VH1 "Storytellers" taping.

The cleverly named Doors box, "Perception," arrives Nov. 21. It includes the band's original six studio albums remastered on CD, as well as a DVD with a new 5.1 DTS Surround Sound mix, rare audio and video tracks, photos and lyrics.

Highlights from the set include a previously unreleased version of "Indian Summer" from the band's self-titled 1967 debut, unissued takes of "Love Me Two Times" from the same year's "Strange Days" and the 17-minute "Celebration of the Lizard," which has been tacked onto 1968's "Waiting for the Sun."

"The Soft Parade" will include an unreleased take of "Touch Me," the previously unreleased track 'Push Push" and two live performances tapes for New York TV station WNET in 1969. The new version of 1970's "Morrison Hotel" sports eight alternate takes of "Roadhouse Blues" and a brief attempt at Chuck Berry's "Carol," while rehearsal footage of "Crawling King Snake" sees the light of day on the band's swansong, 1971's "L.A. Woman."

In conjunction with "Perception," Hyperion will on Nov. 7 release the Doors' first authorized autobiography, "The Doors by the Doors."

Nice....will have to get both of these box sets when they get released. I tell you classic rock is alive and well.

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